Meet Tom Price

Trip Start Jun 30, 2008
Trip End Aug 30, 2008

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Monday, July 21, 2008

G'day from Tom Price, where the nights are cold and the days are warmer.  Weather has been kind, but yesterday morning was cold and windy.  Not very nice when you are camping.  The pilbara region is some of the best country scenery wise that I have seen.  Spectacularly rugged, the colours great and the red cliffs and gorges amazing. 
After we left Port Headland we travelled to a cattle station called Indee.  The owners Betty and Colin happily welcome travellers and for a small fee you camp on their property.  On arrival Betty makes you a cup of tea and and six every night she provides happy hour nibbles for all her guests.  We think there were over 20 people there that night plus a bus load of younger people.  We shared our camp with a mare and her foal, dogs and geese.  Of course there was a down side, the Rooster gets up early on Indee Station too!
This meant we had a fairly short distance to travel to Karijini NP and were there by about lunchtime.  Its a very popular place and the generator campsites fill up fast.  About 40km away (another corrugated road) we saw the really deep gorges of Weano, Hancock, Joffre and Knox.  As it was late afternoon we didn't climb down into them but saw plenty of people climbing up and puffing heavily.  So the next day we climbed down into Dale's Gorge.  First we say Fortescue Falls and Fern Pool, then we walked along the gorge for a couple of hours taking our time and admiring all we saw.  Huge cliffs, little waterfalls and rockpools.  At the end we did a bit of rock scrambling and came to Circular Pool which was really nice too.  Of course this meant we now had a long haul back up and out of the Gorge but we lived to talk about it.  Karijini has a reputation for being a very cold place and it lived up to it.  There is often a really cold wind and the nights are freezing.  This sent us to bed at an even earlier time that normal (9pm at the moment).  Sunday morning the wind was terrible and we were not happy campers - out in all the elements trying to cook our breakfast.  After a quick stop at the Visitors Centre we went to Kalamina Gorge and climped down out of the wind.  This Gorge was special too.  It started with a small water fall but we spent all our time walking beside a little creek with spectactular cliff walls again and lovely pools of water and small waterfalls.  We happily took our time and hundred of photos again (sorry kids again!).
All sorts of travellers are in the park, we've seen huge vans and winebagos, motor homes, fifth wheelers and all the different camper trailers.  People are from all over Australia and the world.  Lots are families with young children with heaps of time away from home.  If the weather is so bad at home no wonder they are all up here.

The drive to Tom Price was very interesting with the scenery and the town itself is very well presented even though it is a mining town.  It is quite "leafy".  We drove up the 4WD track to the top of Mt Namesless to overlook the town, the mine and 360 degrees  of views.  Off to Millstrean NP now and camping in the bush again, hope fully with no neighbours.

Guess the age group of most of the travellers that we come across.  I give you a clue.  They brush their teeth in the palm of their hand. 

Don't know what happenned to Pt Hedland on the map.  we had it in the right spot, but by the time you got the blog, it was over near Alice Springs.

Cheers 4 now.
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